Aumphur Klang

BEACH
Aumphur Klang is an elongated beach with fine sand and good swimming conditions, about 20 kilometers east of Ban Phe. Although the beach is not wide at high tide, we really enjoyed our stay at Krathin Tepa.

The best part of the beach is 5 to 8 kilometers east of Mae Pim. Here the road is further from the stays. Near Mae Pim, the road lies between the stays and the beach, making the atmosphere feel less relaxed.

WHERE TO STAY
Krathin Tepa is a cozy boutique hotel and a perfect place to start or end your vacation. Alternatives are some mid- and upper-range resorts. In addition to resorts, apartments are rented by private individuals, check the well-known sites for this. We mention Aksorn Rayong and The Ryad Rayong.

The mid-range options Baan Boonpetch and Ton-Aor on the Beach are located right next to each other. This a more social part of the beach has a diving center. They are good options if you like a more Western company, however, this is not quite to our taste.

The hotels have their own restaurants, and along the coast there are a number of places to eat. About 2 to 5 kilometers east you will find Mae Pim with plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants.

PLACE
The mainland east of Ban Phe is a good place to start or end your vacation. The beaches are close to the international airport (2,5 hours by taxi) and you will find several beaches and hinterland to explore. However, we find the beaches between the airport and Ban Phe too touristy.

The steadily growing fishing village of Ban Phe in the Rayong province is well known as the starting point for Ko Samet.

WHAT TO DO
The town has a nice market on Monday and Thursdays with a mix of everything, a nice day trip! Other attractions in the area are Khao Laem Ya Cape or the Aquarium in Rayong, about 25 kilometers from Ban Phe.

Tung Prong Thong is a beautiful, protected mangrove area along the east coast, about 30 kilometers east of Ban Phe. Here, you have a stunning view of the mangrove forests. Take a relaxing walk on the one-kilometer-long wooden walkway above the mangroves or stroll through the fields. You can take a 20-minute boat trip which allows you to see many bird species. Tung Prong Thong is the perfect destination if you are a fan of conservation and ecotourism. The view is particularly beautiful in the morning or evening light.

TRANSPORT
From the airport, a taxi to the beaches east of Ban Phe takes about 2,5 hours and costs between 2,000 and 2,500 baht. From Bangkok, a taxi costs about 2500 baht, including the highway toll.

It is possible to take a bus or minibus in Bangkok from Ekamai Bus Station or the Victory Monument (250 baht). From the city it takes about 3 to 3,5 hours to get to Ban Phe. At Ban Phe you can take a shared taxi for 20 baht in the direction of Hat Mae Phim, which is 10 to 25 kilometers away from Ban Phe. The shared taxi will drop you off near your stay. An alternative is to rent a private taxi for the last part of the journey. In Ban Phe you can rent a scooter near the 7-eleven Pier.